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DOHA, Qatar -- Jason Dufner went to Hawaii earlier this month and picked up $314,000 in prize money -- and bronchitis and pneumonia.
|Jason Dufner, left, hopes playing in new places around the world -- such as the HSBC Champions event in Shanghai last year -- will "help me figure out how to be a better pro."|
More than a week and 13 time zones later, the PGA Championship winner is feeling better and is ready to compete in the European Tour's Qatar Masters, which starts Wednesday.
"I didn't do much practicing last week at home, trying to get healthy," Dufner said on Tuesday. "I am feeling considerably better."
The Qatar Masters is the first overseas event of the year for Dufner, who intends to use his passport more this year as he'll also play in the Dubai Desert Classic next week and the China Open in April.
"I hope travelling will translate into some good results," Dufner said. "I am looking this year to play four to six events (abroad) and maybe eight this year. I might be stepping out of my comfort zone a bit, but I think it's fun.
"Traveling the world as I have started to do recently, and playing in different countries and on different golf courses, I hope will all help me figure out how to be a better pro."
Dufner cited the success of those greats who came before him as reason to try playing in new places.
"You look at the old time players. Mr. Nicklaus, Mr. Player and Mr. Trevino traveled all over the world winning many, many tournaments," Dufner said. "We are a little spoiled in the States given the schedule we play and the purses we play for but this way I get to see the world. It's a win-win situation for me."
The Associated Press contributed to this report.